ACNielsen: 56-44

After giving Labor its worst poll result of the Rudd government era a month ago, ACNielsen has now returned to the field. This month’s survey has Labor’s lead up from 52-48 to 56-44, from primary votes of 46 per cent for Labor (up five) and 39 per cent for the Coalition (down three). Remarkably, both leaders’ approval ratings are up 10 points, Kevin Rudd’s to a personal best 71 per cent and Malcolm Turnbull’s to 55 per cent. However, Rudd has blown out to big lead on preferred leader, 64 per cent (up eight) to 26 per cent (down seven). Further detail on attitudes to the financial crisis from Michelle Grattan at The Age.

UPDATE: The weekly Essential Research survey has an unusually sharp two-point move in favour of Labor, who now lead 59-41 on two-party preferred. Kevin Rudd’s lead as preferred prime minister has also blown out to 55-20 from 45-25 a month ago. Interestingly, respondents are more confident the economy can withstand the financial crisis than they were a week ago. Also included are questions on the government stimulus package, the emissions trading scheme and more.

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  1. Well having seen the ABC three comments:

    1. Media Watch deservedly exposed the falsity in the Australains reporting of the RBA/Ken Henry non-story. The Oz now has less credibility than the Howard government’s economic record. I still wonder aloud what avenes are open for official action – hard ot believe their actionsa re not libelous. I hadn’t seen Jennifer Hewitt’s defence before and it was abysmal. At least she is not so far gone that she cannot be embarrassed whiel trying to defend the indefensible.

    2. Four Corners laid the AFP and Keelty bare. It seems hard to believe that there have not been grieveous abuses of power over Haneef and several other cases highlighted. This one is not Labor’s fault but after that show if Labor does not act on the AFP they will suffer themselves. The leadership must be changed.

    3. As for the net legislation, if the arguments raised on this blog are the best in its favour, then please kill it. Three cheers for the greens and liberals for opposing it. I have expressed my views on Conroy before and all I can say is that his continued prescence in cabinet is about as beneficial to labor as a long parliamentary career for Belinda Neal.

  2. [The result is largely unchanged for Mr Turnbull since the last survey, although it is a marked improvement on his predecessor Brendan Nelson’s results.]

    so sad, Malcolm, look what they’ve been reduced to having to do to prop you up.. 🙂

  3. No 1804

    Four Corners exposed nothing about Keelty. It was all innuendo, but no concrete evidence that he was involved in any mischievous behaviour. That is not to say that I support the incompetence of the AFP in pressing charges against Haneef even in light of insufficient evidence.

  4. [Turnbull has held his own.]

    The hell does that mean?

    Anyway, now that the net filter truce has broken it’s good to experience business as usual.

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